The principal areas of his research are Italian culture under Fascism; the representation of colonialism; travel writing, and theories of inter-cultural contact. His most recent book, Journeys through Fascism: Italian Travel Writing between the Wars (2007, paperback 2010) sought to determine how the inhabitants and cultures of other countries appeared to Italian writers and journalists of the 1920s and 1930s. Using a range of theoretical perspectives, it examined representations of Libya and Italian East Africa, Spain during the Civil War, Nazi Germany, Russia and the United States. As a development from his work on travel in the inter-war period, he ...
Charles Burdett studied Modern Languages (French and Italian) at Oxford University (BA 1989) where he also studied as a postgraduate, writing his doctoral thesis (awarded 1994) on Italian literary culture between the wars. He taught at Cardiff University (1993-97) and has worked at Bristol since 1997 as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer (2002), and Reader in Modern Italian Studies (2009).
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